Mikel Arteta attended our 0-0 draw with Everton, and will have been left with no illusions the size of job he has at his feet.
The Spaniard began his job on the training ground the very next day. Our league position and our performances are in stark contrast to what is expected at Arsenal football club, but there are more than a few positives to latch onto.
For one thing, we claimed a clean sheet and it was away from home. Our defenders held firm and despite missing both first choice full-backs we repelled whatever Everton had to chuck at us.
It was a reminder that our players are better than what has been on show this season.
The big question is, can Arteta ensure that our players begin to give that missing 20% that has been missing from their performances?
So many are suggesting that a big clear out is needed, and that Arteta must make the squad his own by bringing in his own players, but the mark of a modern coach is getting the best out of any players in the squad, and Arteta will know, as we all do, that our men can do much better.
Players like Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Nicolas Pepe, Granit Xhaka, Guendouzi, Sokratis, Luiz – they are all guilty of letting their standards slip, and Arteta’s arrival is the herald of socks being pulled up.
True, Arteta will have his own ideas on recruitment and most likely, given tight budgets, he will have to sell in order to bring in who he needs. But the players will also know that if they stand up and give their all, that they have a future at the club.
The same goes for the youth, who will have the opportunity to hold down a first team spot and enhance their experience levels with game time. Arteta will want players who buy into his philosophy, no matter the age or experience of the player.
The festive fixture schedule gives Arteta the matches he needs to refine his plan and see how the land lies in regards to who his squad.
Over to you Mikel.